Peg Ellsworth named MARK Group director

Peg Ellsworth, Roxbury’s community resources director, has been named executive director of the MARK Group, said MARK Board President Ernest Steiglehner on Friday.
“It was a consensus decision for all of us on the search committee and affirmed unanimously by our board,” said Steiglehner. “Peg has great experience working with communities. What really sold us was her detailed plan for how to move the organization forward in the next six months and how to interact closely with all the communities we serve, because that community work is MARK’s strong suit and central to our mission.”

Denver Valley Music Fest presents classical guitarist

David Temple, classical guitarist and composer, returns to the Denver area in a concert at The Old School Baptist Church on Sunday, July 13 at 2 p.m.
The concert is one of three scheduled this summer as part of the Denver Valley Music Festival, sponsored by The Denver Vega Preservation Committee and presented by The Roxbury Arts Group.

Golf tourney July 20 raises money for auxiliary

The ninth annual Golf Tournament hosted by Auxiliary of Margaretville Memorial Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center will be held Sunday, July 20 starting at 11 a.m. at Hanah Country Resort, Margaretville. Mary Fuhrer and her committee members are preparing for this great event which is now being held in memory of Mary’s husband, Howard. The golf package includes coffee, tea, pastries and baked goods at check-in, green fees, golf cart and an after-golf dinner buffet.

Field Days underway

Carnival-goers can enjoy rides, games, food and fun at the Margaretville Fire Department’s Annual Field Days at the village park this week. The “Pay One Price” specials, during which carnival-goers can pay a flat fee and go on rides an unlimited number of times, will take place Wednesday from 6 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m.

Three MCS retirees honored at dinner

There will be three familiar faces absent from the halls of Margaretville Central School when classes begin next fall. Superintendent John Riedl, elementary teacher Jackie Garelick, and aide Karen Cohen are retiring from teaching at the end of the 2007-08 school year.

Valk honored with Rotary award for 54 years

Fleischmanns resident Milt Valk was honored with an award celebrating his 54 years of service to the Fleischmanns-Pine Hill Rotary Club last Wednesday during a dinner at the Pine Hill Arms Restaurant.
District governor Dave Reynolds was in attendance, as well as Lana Rouff, who takes over as district governor this week.

Area students earn high school diplomas

It was a weekend of celebration around Delaware County as local schools celebrated high school commencement ceremonies on Friday and Saturday. Andes, Roxbury and Margaretville Central schools held their commencement ceremonies on Friday evening, Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon, respectively.

Lisa Rainwater is named new Catskill Center director

The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development announced Monday that Lisa Rainwater will be its new executive director. 
Formerly the policy director at Riverkeeper in Tarrytown, Rainwater will be introduced to the members at The Catskill Center’s annual meeting on July 19 and take the helm in early August. In making the announcement, Catskill Center Board Chair Claude Shostal said, “We are pleased to welcome Lisa Rainwater as The Catskill Center’s new executive director. Her passion for the Catskills will further strengthen our connection to local communities, while her spirit and enthusiasm will generate new bonds and partnerships throughout the region. We look forward to embarking on this new journey, with Lisa’s years of community advocacy, government relations, and strategic planning guiding the way.”

Heating oil prices already causing anxiety

By Matthew J. Perry
Joe Moskowitz, owner of Casey Joe’s Coffee in Arkville, says that business has been steady through the week. But he notices a difference when Saturday rolls around.
“On the weekends I’m seeing plenty of second home-owners,” he said. “But not locals. People are staying home. If they don’t have to drive, they don’t.”
With gasoline prices still north of $4 a gallon, Delaware County, like rural communities across the nation, is already feeling the squeeze of record prices for crude oil.

Bike race could "rival Tour de France"

By Julia Green
“What has 1,000 legs, rolls, and is green from start to finish? It’s the Catskills Aqueduct Tour: the proposed bike race that will launch a five-year plan to turn New York State – and, more specifically, the Catskills Watershed Area – into the cycling capital of our nation.”
That was the lead-in at a meeting held last Tuesday about the prospect of starting a bike race in the Catskill watershed area that could, “rival the Tour de France.”

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